A?1000 Phone Call

Since 2003 it has been illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving a car, van or lorry, however almost every day you see drivers making calls or texting.

The law was changed to improve road safety because it was accepted by the government that a driver is much more likely to suffer a road traffic accident if he or she is using a mobile phone because of the mental distraction and divided attention of taking part in a phone conversation at the same time as driving.

The Highway Code, rule 148, states that safe driving needs concentration and that a driver should avoid distractions.A�A new rule 149 states that a driver must not use a hand-held mobile phone when driving.A�The Road Vehicles Regulations 2003 made it a criminal offence to use a hand-held phone whilst driving and the offence carries a fine of up to A?1000 for a car driver and A?2500 for a hgv driver.A�If the cara��s engine is switched on then you should not use a hand-held phone.A�The law considers you to be driving if you are stationary queuing at a junction or at traffic lights.

Using a hands-free mobile phone in a car is not a criminal offence, however if a police officer considers that in the circumstances a driver was failing to maintain proper control of the vehicle then the driver will face a criminal prosecution.A�The Road Traffic Act, section 3 states that driving a car without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for others is an offence, and there is no mention of whether the driver was using a hands-free phone or a hand-held phone.

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No.4) Regulations 2003

The Road Traffic Act 1988